Read Between the Lines

Common Sense Media says

All-girl rock band takes on tween-friendly topics.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of teen talk about boys, dating, partying, but nothing negative.

Positive role models

The girls seem squeaky-clean, and all five band members are musicians, playing the drums, bass, and guitars.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff

Cheap Trick cover "I Want You to Want Me" has somewhat suggestive lyrics: "I need you to need me, I'd love you to love me, I'm begging you to beg me."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this girl band has been featured on the ABC Family series 10 Things I Hate About You and has opened for Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Chances are your tweens have heard of them, or will soon. But don't worry; although they rock hard, the content is okay for older kids and tweens. The music touches on harmless teen topics of boys, partying, and having fun.

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What's the story?

Disney's latest discovery, KSM, is an all-girl teenage rock band that got their start when the GoGo's decided to mentor someone to follow in their footsteps. All five band members are musicians, playing the drums, bass, and guitars, and showing that girls can rock hard, too. Their cover of the Cheap Trick hit, "I Want You to Want Me," has been featured on the ABC Family hit show, 10 Things I Hate About You, and the girls have been the opening act for the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. KSM's music has also been featured in the Disney movie, Princess Protection Program, with Lovato and Selena Gomez, and in the TV show Wizards of Waverly Place.

Is it any good?

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With their stinging sweet vocals and spot-on rocking guitar riffs, KSM shows that they are a girl-band to be reckoned with. Move over Jonas Brothers!  From the first track, "Don't Rain on My Parade," KSM sets the tone with upbeat punk-pop rasta rhythms and vocals that call to mind the divalicious Gwen Stefani, and memories of former all-girl bands like The GoGo's and The Bangles. "Crazy Over You," "Permission to Party," and "Distracted," already a hit on Radio Disney, are teen-topic tracks about boys, texting, and partying, and showcase this group's talent to rock out hard while still keeping the content age-appropriate. With so many tween acts set on filling a song with synth-pop fluff these days, KSM's real rock sound make it an easy alternative.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the song topics. KSM touches on many teen past times like dating and texting. Do you think texting can be negative for teenagers and tweens? Why? Should parents regulate their teens' texting?

  • Do you think celebrities should be seen as role models? Should bands such as KSM, the Jonas Brothers, or Miley Cyrus be expected to act as role models? How does the media perpetuate the perception that celebrities are larger-than-life? Is that realistic?

  • Should parents listen to their kids' music before they do? Can music and lyrics be "decoded" to better understand their overall meaning? Do you think tweens have the ability to "read between the lines?"

Music details

Artist:KSM
Release date:September 22, 2009
Label:Disney Sound
Genre:Pop music for kids
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 8 years old February 24, 2011
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kmsn

love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great role models
Kid, 10 years old December 25, 2009
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good for tweens and teens

i love the music! they all are great!
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